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Dr. Abravanel's Diet Plan: Gonadal Body Type

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If you have taken Dr. Abravanel's test and learned that your metabolism fits the characteristics of a Gonadal or Ovarian-type, congratulations!

Your Body Type

As a G-type, your metabolism is unique to women. Many models are G-types because when they are well-balanced, their curvy figures photograph well. If you are an overweight G-type, you have probably gained weight by eating foods that stimulate your ovaries (e.g., greasy foods such as creamy sauces or dips, and spicy foods like Mexican or Thai). You probably favor dishes made with plenty of cheese or butter. You don't have a great sweet tooth and are more likely tempted by fatty or oily foods.

Foods to Avoid

Although you crave fatty foods, they overstimulate, exhaust, and cause an imbalance in your metabolism. This causes fat and/or cellulite to accumulate on your rear end and outer thighs. In order to re-establish balance in your metabolism, your diet plan involves cutting out ovary-stimulating foods and increasing foods that will stimulate your pituitary and thyroid glands. This means cutting down on red meat and eating less fats and oils. You must also vow off spices for now — no more Thai or Mexican for a while.

Foods to Eat

Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and consume low or non-fat dairy products. A small amount of sugar and caffeine is allowed, as well as a moderate amount of carbohydrates. After this, you will quickly lose weight and gain more energy. You will also see a decrease in the cellulite deposits on your thighs and buttocks.

Since you most likely live for flavorful food, you need to learn to enjoy the flavor of herbs instead of spices. Try dill, parsley, basil, tarragon, and thyme. Get protein from lean chicken, fish, and dairy. Yogurt and cottage cheese are also great sources of low-fat protein that will give you energy throughout the afternoon and evening.

If you like the idea of a vegetarian diet, your metabolism is well-suited for such a lifestyle. Get your protein from farm fresh eggs, legumes, tofu, and light dairy products.

Fish & Poultry are the best protein sources for G Types

Fish & Poultry are the best protein sources for G Types

In a Nutshell:

  • No red meat.
  • Minimal fats and oils.
  • Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Plenty of light dairy products.
  • Small amounts of sugar and caffeine.
  • Moderate amounts of carbohydrates from mostly whole grains.
  • No spices.
  • Fish or poultry should be broiled, grilled, or baked and eaten without the skin.
  • Vegetables should be steamed, boiled, sautéed, or roasted in the permitted amount of oil.

Meals

It's also important for you to eat a VERY light breakfast in the morning. Try a piece of fruit and a cup of coffee or tea. If you start the day with a heavy meal, you will eat heavily all day. Your metabolism actually handles food better late in the day rather than early.

Lunch should also be fairly light so you can burn fat through the afternoon. Dinner is your most substantial meal. It will help you avoid snacking on fatty foods in the evening, too. Observe intervals between meals. Avoid eating 4 hours between breakfast and lunch and 5 hours between lunch and dinner.

Snacking

Your two danger periods when you will most crave a snack is late morning and late evening. Try to resist the urge. Red clover tea is recommended to help curb your metabolism. It is traditionally prescribed to ease menstrual cramps because it works directly on the gonads. Your overtaxed metabolism will benefit greatly from drinking it regularly. If you absolutely must have a snack, try a few grapes or a couple of strawberries.

Your Diet Plan

BREAKFAST:

  • 1 small piece of fruit: apple, peach, plum, papaya, mango, kiwi, star fruit, a cup of grapes, chopped pineapple, cantaloupe or other melon, or cherries or berries (Can substitute 1 cup applesauce for the fresh fruit, if desired.) Eat whatever fruit is in season.
  • Coffee or tea sweetened with sugar or honey

LUNCH:

  • A large green salad with 1 teaspoon of clear diet dressing (no creamy dressing allowed)
  • ½ cup cooked sweet vegetables such as carrots, beets, pumpkin, squash, or turnip
  • 1 egg OR 3 ounces of low-fat dairy (string cheese or cottage cheese) OR 1 ½ cups non-fat yogurt OR 1 cup low-fat or non-fat yogurt or cottage cheese
  • 1 serving of whole grain: 1 slice of bread OR ½ cup cooked brown rice, quinoa, pasta, rye Krispbreads, etc.
  • 1 glass skim milk
  • 1 piece of fruit
  • Coffee or tea

DINNER:

  • 4 ounces white meat poultry or fish OR a 2-egg omelette (only eat eggs once a day)
  • Steamed vegetables (as many as you like): spinach, zucchini, red peppers, green beans, peas
  • 1 teaspoon of oil or butter to be used in preparation of veggie or protein
  • 1 grain serving (brown rice, whole grain pasta, quinoa, etc.)
  • 1 piece of fruit
  • 1 glass of skim milk
  • Tea
Eat plenty of fresh produce

Eat plenty of fresh produce

Meal Ideas

  • Chicken salad made with plain, low-fat yogurt on whole grain bread with a bowl of vegetable soup
  • Grilled salmon or tuna steak served with risotto and steamed vegetables
  • Stir-fry with plenty of vegetables and chicken, shrimp, or tofu served with brown rice or soba noodles
  • Lamb kabobs served with Greek salad and falafel or tabouli salad
  • Try baked pears or apples for dessert or have a cappuccino or latte
Splurg on high-quality fruit for a luxurious diet plan.

Splurg on high-quality fruit for a luxurious diet plan.

Dr. Abravanel´s Diet Plan For Gonadal or Ovarian Body Types

Often FoodsModeration FoodsRarely Foods

Fruit

Poultry & Fish

Beef

Vegetables

Eggs

Spices

Legumes

Light cheese

Cream

Whole Grains

Light Desserts

Butter

Low or Non-Fat Dairy

Caffeinated Beverages

Other Rich Foods

Gonadal Types With Special Needs

If you need to lose a lot of weight or you feel your sluggish metabolism is getting off to a slow start, Dr. Abravanel offers a diet plan called “the last 5 pounds diet” that you can stay on for a week at a time. The weight will come off very quickly if you stay on this diet. I really recommend you get the book for the wealth of information he offers about exercise, vitamin supplements, and even sleep schedule for your body type.

If you are going through menopause or are post-menopause, you will find special guidelines for you on pages 98-100 of Dr. Abravanel's book.

Red Clover Tea

Red clover tea has long held an important place in our forefathers' medicine cabinet. Some of the benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • soothing coughs and colds
  • easing symptoms of bronchitis and asthma
  • calming skin irritations
  • putting a stop to arthritis pain
  • relieving symptoms of anxiety and insomnia

Research shows that red clover tea may help bone density. Coupled with weight-bearing exercise, it may protect you from osteoporosis. Red clover also lifts the mood and helps premenopausal women cope with anxiety and depression. If taken daily for 12 weeks, it should lessen hot flashes by 44%.

As always, check with your health care provider before beginning a new diet or adding herbs to your diet.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

Questions & Answers

Question: Are gluten and dairy good for Gonadal body types?

Answer: Dr. Abravanel says that dairy over-stimulates the metabolism of gonadal types and causes weight gain. Of course, some individuals may have sensitivities to gluten or dairy or may suffer from Celiacs. If you suspect a food allergy or sensitivity, it would be best to be evaluated by your physician.

Question: Can Gonadal body types eat nuts and seeds?

Answer: Dr. Abravanel summarizes the Gonadal body type's total dieting strategy this way: “no red meat, a minimum of fats and oils, lots of fruit and fresh vegetables, plenty of light dairy products, a small amount of sugar and caffeine, a moderate amount of carbohydrates, mostly from whole grains, and no stimulating spices.” So the big no-no’s for G-types are spicy foods and the fats found in meats and whole dairy. The proteins and carbohydrates found in nuts and seeds would be beneficial for your body type. So a moderate intake of such foods would definitely be allowed on your diet.

Question: I had a hysterectomy at thirty-two, but l am a definite G Type. What kind of diet should l follow?

Answer: Even though you had a hysterectomy, you are still a G type. So following the diet for your body type should give you the results you’re looking for.

Question: Apparently, I am the ovarian type. I have endometriosis and I have been taking Visanne for the past year. I am 60 kg and I want to be 58 kg, which seems impossible even though I am exercising 3 times a week (spinning). I am thirty-eight-years-old. How can I lower the level of estrogen? I hate the pouch and the cellulite!

Answer: I can understand your frustration. Have you tried Dr. Abravanel´s “G-type Last Five Pounds Diet”? It´s well-balanced and removes things like fat and spices from the diet, which stimulate the ovaries and create weight issues. If you strictly follow the diet, you will see results and your system will be more balanced. I hope it goes well for you and you can feel healthy and better about yourself.

Question: Can you do the Keto Diet when being a Gonadal type?

Answer: Hello. I don’t know much about the Keto diet, but combining two diets is rather challenging. I wouldn’t recommend it.

Question: As a gonadal body type, is it okay to eat avocado since it's fatty?

Answer: Although Dr. Abravanel doesn’t mention avocados in his book, he does mention eating a minimal amount of fats and oils to reset your metabolism. So my guess is while losing weight and at least during the first few months, it would be best to avoid avocados since they are fatty. Eat plenty of other veggies and you can reintroduce the avocados once you are balanced again.

Question: Why do my kidneys hurt while on the purifying diet?

Answer: Dr. Abravanel doesn’t mention kidney pain as a side effect of the body types diet. It’s always a good idea to follow a diet under the direction of a doctor. It would be a good idea to mention your kidney pain to your physician.

Comments

Ana Maria Orantes from Miami Florida on March 08, 2019:

You are fantastic. You are welcome.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on February 26, 2019:

Thank you for your positive comment Ana Maria Orantes!

Ana Maria Orantes from Miami Florida on February 26, 2019:

Good morning miss vespawoolf. I like your article. Eating the correct foods and mixing with the proper foods. It is important for our health. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with the rest of the community. You are a blessing. I wish you a wonderful day.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 15, 2014:

Brenda LeGeral, I'm glad this information was useful to you!

Brenda LeGeral Gafford from New York on July 13, 2014:

This is great information. I truly enjoyed reading it and took notes. Learning about Red Clover tea was very interesting. Thanks!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 08, 2014:

AliciaC, thank you for your nice observation. It's true that all the body type diets include plenty of fresh produce and are low fat.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 07, 2014:

This is another interesting hub about body type and diet. I like the fact that all of Dr. Abravanel's diets that you have described so far recommend nutritious food and a balanced diet. Thanks for sharing the information.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 07, 2014:

Mdscoggins, I'm glad this information was useful for you!

Michelle Scoggins from Fresno, CA on July 07, 2014:

Very interesting and helpful. Did not even know that body type had anything to do with diet options. Will definitely keep the meal density in mind and have a light breakfast. Voted Up.

Abi Helen on July 07, 2014:

so many informations ^^

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 07, 2014:

DDE, I definitely agree!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 07, 2014:

Thank you for your support FlourishAnyway.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 06, 2014:

Interesting and so helpful. The proper eating habits improves ones shape and health.

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 06, 2014:

Although this is not my body type, I enjoyed reading. Your series here has been informative.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 06, 2014:

Thanks for your comment, Jackie Lynnley!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on July 06, 2014:

Another great diet article! I live by most of this. Will sure have to find some red clover tea! Thanks for sharing!

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